Dancing, And Stuff

On February 8, 2011, in Racing, by Meghan

When I get nervous in public speech, I do one or both of the following:

1. I dance. It’s more like rocking, back and forth from toes to heel or from foot to foot. Sometimes, when things get really nutty, I’ve been known to walk circles around myself as if ballroom dancing.

2. I add dumb phrases to what were otherwise intelligent thoughts. As in, “From its Native American roots, to the Homestead Act settlers of the 1800’s, to those of us who venture here as tourists today, Big Bend National Park is and always has been a frontier for us all. And stuff.”

You can imagine the show. Luckily, I’ve spent my grown-up life speaking in public, so I only once-in-a-while pull out these terrible tricks. Like right now.

Imagine me twirling around, saying “And stuff.” over and over as I announce to you that I plan to return for my third time to Morocco’s Marathon des Sables in 2012. I’m only nervous about it because I know my mom will kill me when she learns that she has to worry about my desert wanderings once again (It’s not my fault, she and my dad bred an adventurous daughter!).

Those red desert dunes, they pull hard on my heart strings. On them, I journey in a way that’s much different and deeper than simply running for 150 miles, in a way that just plain doesn’t happen in daily life. I’ve become a better person for my desert ambles, so I’m super-psyched, thus, for the adventures and training that the next year plusplusplus holds.

Looking hyper-fashionable at the 2009 Marathon des Sables (Photo by George Velasco).

My tentmates were wicked awesome at the 2010 Marathon des Sables (Photo by Mark Gillet).

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8 Responses to “Dancing, And Stuff”

  1. Ewa says:

    Have you seen King’s Speech? His problem was stutter but some of the techniques his speech therapist was using was singing phrases, dancing or adding curse words when he lost fluency. Somehow he remembered not to say those out loud during his real speeches.

    Desert is calling you. Wow. You are so totally amazing. I hope you will write about how you train, prepare mentally and so on. Moms are there to worry but I know she is so darn proud of you.

  2. SteveQ says:

    “And stuff.” had me laughing – hard! I had trouble with public speaking until I was about 30, when I just stopped caring; I figured the people came to hear what I had to say, so they were on my side.

    I once gave a lecture where, to win a bet, every time someone with a PhD asked me a question afterward, I had to call him (or her) “Dude!” It was hard not to laugh.

  3. Paige T. says:

    Ahhhhhh, how cool!!!!!!!! Congratulations 🙂

  4. Olga says:

    I think you might like taht ind of stuff…what do you think?

  5. JeffO says:

    MDS?! Bravo! I think you’ll have a great time, and stuff, like, you know. Me too, for reading about it, and all like.

  6. Laura says:

    You’re absolutely crazy! I love you and admire you for it!!!! You, my dear, are my hero. xoxo

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